Train Your Leaders

CREC has developed extensive professional development curricula, implemented in-person or through web-delivery, for economic and workforce development staff on basic principles of data use, development, economic analysis, labor market information, and economic policy implementation. Trainings are offered in partnership with C2ER, the LMI Institute, and APDU.

CREC's trainings range from economic impact analysis to GIS instruction. CREC also develops customized economic and data trainings to meet client needs.

Train Your Leaders

The Center for Regional Economic Competitievness provides trainings for principles of data use in that support:

        Economic and workforce development | Economic analysis | Labor market assessments | Economic policy implementation

Example: Meeting Real-World Needs Via Training

For the Economic Developers’ Conference of Ontario, for instance, CREC staff, working through C2ER, developed a customized two-tiered curriculum to assist policy-makers of various levels of expertise effectively approach regional collaboration and data-driven economic development planning. The curricula were informed and enhanced by the production of ten original case examples, which portrayed recent planning success and failures from across North America.

Additionally, through C2ER and the LMI Institute, CREC can provide clients with access to the Annual C2ER/ LMI Research Forums: five day conferences made up of dozens of panels, trainings, and lectures discussing the most pressing issues in economic development. Our 2011 training was held in San Francisco, California, and brought together hundreds of policy-makers and researchers from around the globe. Information on our past and future conferences can be found at:

Our staff provides expertise and technical assistance by:

  • Evaluating course strengths and weaknesses
  • Piloting new material
  • Developing new content, or migrating material to a web-delivery or more interactive format

Attend one of our training sessions, provided through our partner organizations:

         The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)  |  Labor Market Institute (LMI)  |  Association of Public Data Users (APDU)

For more information about CREC’s scheduled trainings, customized training, curriculum, and case study development, please contact Program Manager, Ron Kelly, at

Related Projects

Meeting the Needs of LMI Customers
North Carolina Department of Commerce
Start Date: Jan 2014 — End Date: Dec 2014

This workshop prompted staff to consider not only their wide array of customers, but also how their products help those customers answer their vital questions. Through a series of small group activities, staff identified primary customer groups and what they can do to assist these core customers. They were also asked to provide input about […]

LMI Director’s Town Hall Meeting
The Workforce Information Council
Start Date: Jan 2014 — End Date: Dec 2014

The LMI Institute supported the LMI Directors’ Town Hall Meeting by developing the agenda and curriculum, delivering and facilitating the meeting, providing a meeting evaluation form, administering a follow-up survey, and producing a summary report.  The Institute conducted the LMI Directors’ Town Hall Meeting at the BLS National LMI Conference in May 2014. The Institute […]

Research Training and Support for Arizona’s Workforce System
Arizona Commerce Authority
Start Date: Jan 2013 — End Date: Dec 2014

Working with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Workforce Division, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) assisted in the acquisition of a real-time job openings database, delivered training and technical assistance to participating Workforce Investment Boards and other partners on labor market information and analysis, provided periodic industry and occupation customer reports, and provided […]

State of the Region: Examining Changes to the Appalachian Region Since 1965
Appalachian Regional Commission
Start Date: Nov 2013 — End Date: Dec 2014

This study, commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), "Appalachian Then and Now: Examining 50 Years of Changes to the Appalachian Region Since 1965" analyzes 50 years of socioeconomic trends, including poverty, income disparity, unemployment, employment change, population change, economic and industry mix, educational attainment, housing quality, health, transportation access, and telecommunications capacity in the Appalachian Region and summarizes the economic impacts accruing to the Region through ARC’s non-highway investments.

Gaining Better Understanding of Customers’ LMI Needs through Key Customer Focus Groups
The Workforce Information Council
Start Date: Apr 2013 — End Date: Sep 2014

Building upon work previously conducted to complete the report LMI Customers and Their Needs: Customer-Oriented LMI Product Innovation, CREC, on behalf of the LMI Institute, will continue its work with the Customer Consultation Study Group of the Workforce Information Council.